Ryzen vs Intel: Which is for You

AMD’s new Ryzen range has been one of the most anticipated hardware releases in terms of PC gaming in what feels like an age, with gamers the world over wondering if this could finally be AMD’s time to shine (which will force Intel to drop their prices – always a good thing) and, with some solid numbers to look at, it is finally time to see if AMD is indeed your next best upgrade option.

AMD’s has been playing the catch-up game against Intel since they were left in the dust with the launch ofIntel’s Core 2 range back in 2007. So, with their latest Ryzen range called Ryzen 7 (extremely similar to the i7 range from Intel), AMD will be going up against the titans that has been dominating the gaming scene for ages.

Now that the hype has slowed down, and actual benchmarks are hitting the scene, we can see that AMD were going for a more enthusiast grade set of CPU’s.

For this comparison we will be looking at the Ryzen Flagship model, the 1800X (R8,199), and we will be putting it up against expensive hitters from Intel, the i7-6900 (a R 18,999 chip) the i7 7700K (a R5,499 Chip).

Production Systems: A more work related system that is heavily focused on multitasking and raw performance from the CPU. the market is often aiming at content creators, home-server workers or anybody who needs more than the standard 4 core 8 thread consumer focused systems.

Benchmark by Gamer Nexus

In the above benchmark you can see that the 1800X CPU, well under half the price as the i7-6900K, is keeping up to speed. The major difference is the Overclock speeds that the 6900K can reach [4.4Ghz], while the Ryzen chip struggles to maintain 4.0Ghz. This means that, once overclocked, Intel gains the lead once again.

Benchmarks by Tom’s Hardware

The graphs you are looking at above are somewhat skewed, to make things more of an even battle the CPUs in question were all clocked down to 3.8 Ghz to make comparison more realistic. As you can tell in other benchmarks, Intel still remains the king of single-thread performance with high clock speeds.

Gaming Performance:

This is where things start to go downhill for the newly released Ryzen 7 range. While their core count and multitasking workloads certainly show promise (keeping up with the 6900K), the new AMD range is lacking when it comes to gaming performance.

Benchmark by Gamer Nexus

We already start to see the faults when it comes to gaming, processors like the i7 6900K and the amd 1800X were built for heavy workload. Having CPUs focused on high core count comes with a price, often its clock speed and often leads to lower individual core performance. Since games rarely use more than 8 cores (or threads) it’s easy to see why AMD falls behind.

The 7700K is the most dominant gaming performance chip around, defeating its own bigger brothers like the 6900K. When gaming is in the question, higher clock speed is what counts and that beast of a CPU can handle 5.1 Ghz easily.

Benchmark by Gamer Nexus


If you really need to multitask and have quite a few applications open at the same time, this includes having multiple monitors, background tasks and renders, programs that eat your CPU like Discord, etc. Then Ryzen is for you (if you don’t mind working through a few bugs).

Going into gaming, if you are looking for the king of gaming processors (at the time of writing) then there is no question that the i7 7700K is unbeaten in gaming performance.

Gaming = Intel

Workstation = Amd

AMD is planning to release their Ryzen 5 series in the second quarter of 2017, these could possibly rival the 7700K and should definitely be more gamer focused. I would consider waiting once again before diving into an upgrade.

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  • Matthew Holliday

    And if you’re considering the 1700 instead?
    How does that compare to the i5? 7600k etc?

    Still much the same? with the i5 7600k being 4.2ghz compared to the 1700s 3.7ghz?
    Intel still winning on the gaming front?

    Although I guess it doesnt matter that much, with the i7 7700k only being R400 more atm.

    • With the Ryzen 7 lineup they all are effectively the same chip, you just pay more for a higher clock speed. An i5 7600K can archive much better game performance than any of the Ryzen lineups.

      Right now the 7700K is king for gaming as mentioned in the article. However their next range of CPU’s are set to launch sometime in August 2017.

      • Matthew Holliday

        Figured as much, guess its still not quite the CPU we were hoping for.

  • |_ReTaiNed_|

    There are so many contradicting bench results. I don’t know who to believe anymore. All of them claim to be legitimate and controlled, yet the results are so different. Fanboys on both sides are having their little triggered moments. Maybe supporting AMD will be good for some market competition…but will it come at a “cost”?

    • A large portion of benchmarks were affected by BIOS settings and ram speed limitations. There were a total of three revisions that came out during the benchmarks, but majority are correct now.

      At the moment the cost is bleeding edge technology. There are some support issues and errors going around. Some programs freeze and windows etc, it all comes with a cost.

  • That Guy Jon

    I was considering the Ryzen 7 1700, now I don’t know. The games will become more optimised to support more cores but still.. I’m an AMD fan but it’s getting a bit much now.

    • The games will be optimized for more cores in the future, however I don’t see that number scaling well. Sure 16 threads might perform 5% faster than 8 threads, but having 8 threads running at 5Ghz will be more beneficial to gaming than 16 threads at lets say 3.8Ghz.

      Speed is where is matters for gaming.

      • That Guy Jon

        It’s not easy to just say something like that – especially if the trend of the market is to up the cores. It’s also not a fair comparison as everything has been optimised to Intel because of their dominance.

        Am i better off just getting a 7700k? … I feel like I’m abandoning AMD :/
        I’m only planning to make the upgrade after July

        • Sorry for the late reply.

          a 7700K is a much better investment than Ryzen. Right now there are so many problems with Ryzen its just not worth it, unless you are big enthusiast. Windows has issues, and there is a problem with bottle necking at 1080p.

          With Intel releasing their new 10nm chips between now and 2018 its safe to say that saving money now, will be better in the long run.

          Ryzen is a still a brilliant buy for content creators.

          • That Guy Jon

            I’m no content creator so I guess rather apply patience but I can see the migration to Intel…

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Both WAY to expensive now.